Cagayan De Oro Rich in Historical Cultures
LA CASTILLA MUSEUM
When you are in Cagayan De Oro, one of the best trip to dig in is to have a visit in the city’s historical sites. You’ll be far amazed where, when, and how Cagayan De Oro used to be like in the past.
One of the museums that will be recommended to you is the La Castilla Museum. Located in Kauswagan, La Castilla Museum used to be the summer residence of the late founders of one of the city’s top universities, the Liceo De Cagayan University. The old house possesses the finest collections of the Pelaez’ heirlooms, antiques, and genuine memorabilia from all over the world.
It has a total area of 11,000 square meters, 2 floors, and each room is filled with different artifacts The house was made into a museum in 1997, and since then, it has become one of the famous stops for tourists and visitors to the city.
La Castilla Museum of Philippine Household Heirlooms and Antiques aims to conserve and preserve the historical and cultural heritage through personal artifacts from Rodolfo and Elsa Pelaez. It also aims to instill the appreciation of local history and culture of Cagayan De Oro City.
From the outside, the view of La Castilla will surely bring you back to the Spanish Era and every corner of the house tells different stories that entails the rich history of Cagayan de Oro. From the second floor balcony facing the entrance gate, the sight of the greenery and the flowing fountain will grace your eyesight, and on the balcony on the back, the Cagayan De Oro river will be your view. It is indeed one of the best vacation houses if it’s not made into a museum.
La Castilla is well-maintained and all of the artifacts are kept clean. If you want to check out La Castilla in Cagayan De Oro City, the entrance fee will be PHP 50.00, reasonable enough for the maintenance of the whole museum.
ILIGAN WEEKEND NIGHT MARKET
Whenever you’re in Iligan, aside from checking out the waterfalls, another must-go-to’s is their Night Market that only opens during weekends. It is a street market that only operates at night, which commonly offers cheap finds, and most especially, food!
The idea was inspired in Cagayan De Oro’s night market in Divisoria, which also opens on weekends, but eventually stopped for better road management. In Iligan, a well-thought plan was executed in February of 2011, spearheaded by City Councilors Frederick Siao and Ruderic Marzo. The main streets of the public plaza are barricaded for the weekend night life, with Police Authorities securing the place to be peaceful and harmonious.
The stalls are open on Fridays and Saturdays from 6:00pm to midnight. Wide choices of ready-to-wears and grilled foods are available and a free live music concert as well. Plenty of stalls serve meals, snacks, and drinks with a lot of choices to choose from.
Most of the customers in Iligan’s Night Market are mostly families eating out for dinner, friends hanging out, and a few couples enjoying their date. Strict implementation against glass bottles are executed to avoid possible injuries if so happen a riot might occur.
The local Night Market is another friendly feat Iligan has to offer. Tourists and visitors are very welcome, and it is easily accessible since it is located at the City Public Plaza, which is the heart of the city.
To make the night market work, the local government does strategic planning in order to make it last and would be appreciated by the locals as well. Not only has it helped boost tourism in Iligan but in business sector as well. Up until today, Iligan Night Market remains lively and would definitely stay for years.
The weekend night market is indeed a great place for night goers.